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U.S. stock index futures pointed to a lower open Tuesday as the global rally from the previous session lost momentum and euphoria over Europe's near $1 trillion debt rescue package faded.
Monday’s market euphoria across the world at the terms of the European Union/International Monetary Fund rescue package for the European bond market faded Tuesday as investors sold stocks and took profits on the euro. The worry for investors is whether governments in Greece and Portugal can live up to their end of the bargain and manage to significantly cut government spending in the face of bitter opposition from voters.
The size of the rescue package agreed at the weekend by European Union countries and the IMF is likely to cover the borrowing needs of vulnerable euro zone countries, according to famous economist Nouriel Roubini.
The unprecedented action by European politicians and bankers has led to a massive sigh of relief from investors, because the ECB is promising to buy European government debt—in the open market—for the first time ever.
Recall that many global markets and several sectors hit highs in April - before accumulating losses through Friday's trading.
Europe's $1 trillion bailout fund might alleviate some of concerns that its debt problems could spread to the US, Philadelphia Fed President Charles Plosser told CNBC Monday
Twenty-seven European nations and the IMF agreed to a mammoth E750 billion plan to stabilize the financial markets.
By establishing a 750 billion euro fund to bailout Greece and aid other struggling governments, Germany and other strong European states are chasing a dream—a single European currency and broader European unity—that may have no place in reality.
It was pretty wild out there. But instead of chalking this up as simply panic in the market, we should see it as a huge wake up call. All is not well.
As the market dropped our team was watching. A car wreck is a much too pleasant analogy. I was at my desk in 1987, 1989, 9/11, 2008, and I’ve never witnessed what I witnessed yesterday.
For the market to plunge 1000 or so points and then rebound a good bit of the way back is rattling.
Panic has gripped stock markets worldwide over the Greek debt crisis and the threat of a debt-deflation contagion through banks in Europe (primarily) and the U.S. that own the bonds of Greece, Portugal, Spain, and so forth. If these bond asset prices collapse totally, lending facilities would be badly crimped for both the short and long term.
Faithful readers of my weekly market commentary know that I value the opinion of PIMCO bond manager Bill Gross. Gross has compiled a terrific record as a fixed-income manager, and he regularly proves to be ahead of the curve on issues affecting the global economy.
A mood of resignation pervaded the crowd outside the Greek parliament building on Thursday, after lawmakers passed far-reaching three-year budget cuts to deal with Greece’s teetering economy.
Lazard has been hired to assist Greece with its finances. The speculation is Lazard has been hired to assist Greece with a restructuring of its debt. That, of course, has been denied. These guys always deny, deny, deny until it's done.
Once passed, the bill will be signed into law and then presented to the Euro Zone meeting on Friday night. There is likely to be a constitutional challenge to the agreement, but this will not impede the flow of money to Greece.
The ink was barely dry on the $150 billion EU/IMF bailout of Greece when world stock markets tanked on two major fears.
Last Friday, I stated that the vote this week on Friday in Germany was analogous to what occurred in the US Congress leading up to the TARP vote. The uncertainty would drive down the Euro and raise questions over the viability of the union. Now, we’re seeing another aspect arise: attempting to scare the German politicians into voting yes.
The entire premise of the EMU is in question and must be resolved. Either the EU integrates further or dissolves.
Despite the agreement over the weekend to aid Greece, stocks are down sharply again today on similar fears as other nations, especially Portugal and Spain, are also facing severe debt issues. The whole situation also brings into question the strength of the euro currency.